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AE Core Courses

AE 211      Fundamentals of Thermo-Fluids                                               (3-0-3)

This course introduces the fundamental concepts and practical applications of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The topics cover the concept and application of control mass and control volume; thermodynamic properties; first and second laws of thermodynamics; introductory cycle analysis; entropy generation; fluid flow kinematics and dynamics; continuity, momentum, and energy equations; dimensional analysis; and differential and integral flow analysis.

Prerequisite: MATH 102 and PHYS 102

AE 221      Introduction to Aerospace Engineering                                   (2-3-3)

Introduction to overview of aerospace engineering, airplane, and the atmosphere. Basic aerodynamics and gas dynamics of incompressible flows, airfoils and wings, lift, drag, moments, circulation, boundary layers, and skin friction. Performance of aircraft, level flight, climb, range, endurance, and take-off and landing. Introduction to stability and control; structures and materials; propulsion of flight vehicles; and space flight (astronautics). This course will be supported by lab sessions on basic fluid dynamics and aerodynamics.

Prerequisite: PHYS 102

AE 228      Introduction to AE Structures and Materials                         (3-0-3)

Introduces students to the fundamentals of Aerospace structures and materials. Topics include: types of load and support; inertia loads in aerospace structures; statistically determinate and indeterminate structures; beam shear and bending moment diagrams; concept of stress and strain; stress-strain relationships; bending and shear analysis of  beams; torsion of thin-walled beams; combined stresses; metallic and non-metallic materials and their properties; failure of materials; fatigue and creep; aluminium alloys classes,  properties, and uses in web-stiffener aerospace structures; composite materials classes, properties, and uses in aerospace structures.  

 Prerequisite: PHYS 101

AE 230      AE Vehicle Performance                                                            (3-0-3)

Introduces basic elements of airplane performance calculation and optimization including take-off, cruise, landing, thrust and power required, range, endurance, stability and control. The students are required to work in teams to accomplish the final project.

Prerequisite: MATH 102 and PHYS 102

AE 312      Fundamentals of AE Design                                                      (1-0-1)

Introduction to engineering design. Literature survey. Formulation and analysis of aerospace engineering problems. Process of Engineering design. Development of design concepts and products. Feedback of design concepts. Implementation into hardware and software components. Design verification against requirements. Release of the design through report, presentation, and prototype.

Prerequisite: Junior Standing.

AE 313      AE Systems and Control                                                            (2-3-3)

Introduction to automatic flight control systems, Modeling and analysis of linear dynamic systems; Feedback control system design using root-locus and frequency response techniques; Introduction to modern control theory and pole placement technique; Aerospace control applications.

Prerequisite: ME 201 and MATH 208

AE 325      Gas Dynamics I                                                                           (3-0-3)

Fundamentals of compressible fluid flow in nozzles and diffusers, friction and heat interaction. Fanno, Rayleigh line, and isothermal flow, combustion waves (deflagration, explosion, and detonation waves), normal and oblique shock waves, Extended diffusers and supersonic airfoils. Applications to flow through pipelines, Subsonic, sonic, and supersonic flights, turbo machinery and combustion.

Prerequisite: AE 221

AE 328      Flight Structures I                                                                      (3-0-3)

Statistically determinate and indeterminate structures; aerodynamics and inertia loads, load factors, stresses in beams, shear flow in thin webs, closed section box beams; deflection analysis of structural systems; introduction to buckling; application to wing and fuselage stress analysis; Rayleight-Ritz and introduction to the finite element method; elasticity of structures stress-strain relationships; vehicle materials; fatigue; strength-weight comparisons of materials; and sandwich construction including composite materials.

Prerequisite: AE 228 and MATH 201

AE 333      Aerodynamics I                                                                           (3-0-3)

General fluid flow equation, potential parallel flow theory with some applications of aerodynamics, thin airfoil theory and finite wing in incompressible inviscid flow. Introduction to viscous flow and boundary layers.

Prerequisite: AE 221

AE 357      AE Numerical Methods Lab                                                      (0-3-1)

Numerical and analytical simulation of physical problems in Aerospace engineering using applied methods. Developing numerical techniques for engineering problems described by nonlinear algebraic equations, ordinary and partial differential equations. Computer programming in MATLAB or a similar language is required.

Corequisite: MATH 371

AE 398      Aerospace Engineering Internship*                                          (0-0-6)

A period of 16 weeks of industrial employment for Aerospace Engineering students to work in appropriate industries or firms. Students are evaluated on their performance on the job and are required to submit an extensive formal report on their experience.

Prerequisite: ENGL 214, AE 221, and approval of the Department.

* The course duration is 16 weeks (to be taken during regular semester).

AE 399      Summer Training                                                                       (0-0-0)

A continuous period of 8 weeks of summer training spent in the industry working in any of the fields of Aerospace Engineering. The training should be carried out in an organization with an interest in one or more of these fields. On completion of the program, the student is required to submit a formal written report of his work.

Prerequisite: ENGL 214 and approval of the Department.

AE 412      Senior Design                                                                              (2-0-2)

Considers design of a complete project or system including establishment of objectives and criteria, formulation of the problem statements, preparation of specifications, consideration of alternative solutions, feasibility considerations, and detailed engineering designs. The design should take into consideration appropriate multiple realistic constraints such as economic factors, safety, reliability, ethics and environmental and social impact. Mature design needs to be verified against the requirements before release in the form of a written report, a presentation, and if possible, a prototype. Team design projects, where appropriate, are highly encouraged.

Prerequisite: AE 312

AE 421      Aerospace Engineering Lab                                                      (0-3-1)

Laboratory experiments related to three fields of Aerospace Engineering: flight dynamics and control, flight propulsion and flight structures and materials; including demonstration and familiarization with basic components of flight demonstration wind tunnel for performance stability (neutral point location and trim curves), reciprocating and gas turbine engines (performance of compressor & turbine) and strain analysis system (bending, torsion and combined loads on wing and I beam). The course utilizes statistical and reliability techniques for instrument data analysis.

Prerequisite: Senior standing

AE 422      Flight Propulsion I                                                                      (3-0-3)

Introduction to Joule-Brayton cycle. Aerodynamics of aerospace vehicles' engines, combustion, thrust and efficiency. Gas turbine engines: Turbojet, turbofan, turboprop; ramjet and scramjet, typical engine performance. Aerothermodynamics of inlets, combustors and nozzles. Introduction to propellers, turbo-compressors and turbines. Introduction to rocket engines and their performance. Chemical and electrical driven rocket engines.

Prerequisite: AE 211

AE 426      Flight Dynamics I                                                                       (3-0-3)

Introduces fundamental concepts of flight dynamics and control. Topics include equations of motion for a rigid body aircraft, linearization/small perturbation methods, static and dynamic stability derivatives estimation, longitudinal and lateral motions and an introduction to flight control systems and automatic stabilization.

Prerequisite: AE 221

AE 427      Aerospace Vehicle Design                                                          (3-0-3)

Integration of theory, background and methods of aerospace vehicle design (e.g. aircraft, rockets, and spacecraft); including requirements and specifications of design, trade off studies, integration of aerodynamics, structure, propulsion, and flight dynamics and control; performance analysis and prediction; and a complete project of aerospace vehicle design.

Prerequisite: Senior standing


Complete List of AE Elective Courses

AE 401      Aerospace Systems and Maintenance                                       (2-3-3)

Aviation maintenance regulation, records, and documents; servicing procedures and ground operation, aviation material. Hydraulic, electrical avionic, ignition, environmental, and fuel systems, engine overhaul. Installation and repair; heat exchangers; inspection testing; weight and balance computation. Aerospace maintenance and its management with economical considerations; including visits to the field.

Prerequisite: Junior Standing

AE 402      Aerospace Avionics                                                                     (2-3-3)

Theory of operation and utilization of various types of avionic equipment. Radio wave propagation, VHF communication, and VOR navigation system; instrument landing systems ILS; automatic direction finder; distance measuring equipment; transponders. Weather radars and area navigation systems. Integration of avionics system and flight control. Avionics equipment troubleshooting and repair; The course includes a field trip.

Prerequisite: Junior Standing

AE 403      Aerospace Materials                                                                   (3-0-3)

Structure of materials; Mechanical properties of materials; Diffusion and heat treatment; Solidification and strengthening; Aluminum alloys, titanium alloys, nickel alloys, super alloys and their applications in aircraft structure and engine; Composite and ceramic material; Environmental effects and corrosion; Material behavior and selection processes for aerospace engineering systems applications. Visit to the field.

Prerequisite: Senior standing

AE 410      Astronautics                                                                                 (3-0-3)

Solar system; rocket propulsion and staging of power trajectories; dynamics and control of spacecraft; satellite altitude control; astrodynamics; lunar and interplanetary trajectories; re-entry and heating consideration; aerospace plane.

Prerequisite: PHYS 102 and MATH208

AE 414      Flight and Air Traffic Control                                                  (3-0-3)

Introduction to air traffic control system; Navigation, communication and surveillance systems; Air traffic control procedures and organizations; Air traffic control at airport operation area; Aircraft separation techniques (non-radar and radar); Human factors in air traffic control operations; Air traffic safety and management; Term project.

Prerequisite: Senior standing

AE 415      Flight and Aviation Safety                                                         (3-0-3)

Regulatory organizations and their responsibilities;  Basics of safety; Review of aviation safety statistics; Human factors in flight and ground safety; Aircraft safety systems; Principles of aircraft accident investigation; Aviation safety management system; Aircraft accident prevention; Risk management; Aviation and airport security.

Prerequisite: Senior standing

AE 416      Flight and Aviation Management                                             (3-0-3)

Air transportation regulations; Economic characteristics of airlines; Airline organization and management. Functional departments of airlines; Flight scheduling and fleet planning. Airline pricing strategies and airline marketing; Freight and cargo operations; Airline financing; Airport design and operations; Airport planning and administration; Field project.

Prerequisite: Junior standing

AE 417      Flight and Aviation Law                                                            (3-0-3)

Legal environment of aviation; Federal Aviation Regulations; Basic principles of liability; Aircraft accident investigation law; Airline liability; Aircraft transactions; Airport and airspace law; Aviation security laws; International laws and treaties affecting aviation; Case studies.

Prerequisite: Junior standing

AE 418      Flight and Aviation Economics                                                 (3-0-3)

The aviation industry; International regulatory framework; Airline cost structures; Demand of the airline service; Airline pricing and revenue; Air cargo; Airport economics; Airport operations; Economics of charter operation;  Financial challenges facing the air transport industry; Case studies.

Prerequisite: Junior standing

AE 428      Flight Structures II                                                                     (3-0-3)

Theory and analysis of structures of flight vehicles, plate theory, thermal stresses, buckling and failure, introduction to structural dynamics; analysis of aeroelastic phenomena and flutter; composite materials; crack-growth calculation and wear out models.

Prerequisite: AE 328

AE 429      Gas Dynamics II                                                                          (3-0-3)

Linearized flow; method of characteristics, conical flow. Experimental methods in gas dynamics.

Prerequisite: AE 325

AE 433      Aerodynamics II                                                                         (3-0-3)

Viscous flow and Navier-stokes equations; laminar and turbulent boundary layer; transition flow; unsteady flow; flow instabilities. High speed aerodynamics and aerodynamic heating. Introduction to hypersonic flow. Experimental methods in aerodynamics.

Prerequisite: AE 333

AE 442      Flight Propulsion II                                                                    (3-0-3)

Rocket and power plants performance, dynamics, and control of turbo-engines. RAM/SCRAM jets engines. Blades element theory for propellers; turbo-compressors, turbines; chemical, nuclear, and electrical propulsion rockets. Introduction to space propulsion system.

Prerequisite: AE 422

AE 446      Flight Dynamics II                                                                      (3-0-3)

Fundamentals of atmospheric flight; stability and control analysis; matrix approach to the general motion and transfer function; elastic flight vehicle; automatic flight control. Introduction to space flight dynamics; application to missile, spacecraft, and satellite attitude controls.

Prerequisite: AE 426

AE 448      Fundamentals of Helicopter                                                       (3-0-3)

Introduction to helicopters; Its various configurations and rotor types; Hovering theory; Vertical and forward flight performance analysis; Dynamics and control of rotor; Helicopter stability in hovering and forward flight; Helicopter vibration analysis during flight; Design of basic helicopter components.

Prerequisite: ME 201 and MATH 208

AE 449      Fundamentals of Unmanned Aerial Systems                           (3-0-3)

This course presents students with the fundamentals of unmanned aerial systems. Coverage includes UAVs components, configurations, classifications, communication frameworks, fundamentals of flight, regulations, safety, and future challenges. Also, the course covers performance, mathematical modeling and system dynamics of UAVs, and common control techniques to improve system's stability and performance with more emphasis on multirotor UAVs. Students shall apply basic knowledge on a real system, i.e. drones.

Prerequisite: PHYS 102 and MATH 202 or MATH 208

AE 454      UAS Design and Integration                                                      (3-0-3)

Introduction to unmanned aerial systems (UAS), of-the-shelf aerial sensors and supporting platforms. Custom design, integration and calibration of new UAS sensory systems, hybrid power systems and hybrid/non-hybrid civil/military UAS. Physical/aerodynamic design limitations, data quality/accuracy versus speed of UAS function, basic autonomous, swarm intelligence and cooperation strategies. Design ethics, standards and engineering collective consciousness. General Optimization of UAS function and intelligent control

Prerequisite: Senior Standing

AE 490      Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering I                              (3-0-3)

Topics are selected from the broad area of Aerospace Engineering to provide students with the knowledge of recent advancements in the analysis and design in Aerospace Engineering and in aviation including optimization of Aerospace System Design, Aerodynamics, Gas Dynamics, Aerospace Structures and Materials, Flight Dynamics and Control, Propulsion, Helicopter Flight, Avionics, Navigation and Guidance, Aircraft Maintenance, Flight and Aviation Safety, Air Traffic Control, Aviation Law, Astronautics, and other related fields such as Marine Engineering.

Prerequisites: To be set by the Department.

AE 491      Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering II                            (3-0-3)

Topics are selected from the broad area of Aerospace Engineering to provide students with the knowledge of recent advancements in the analysis and design in Aerospace Engineering and in aviation including optimization of Aerospace System Design, Aerodynamics, Gas Dynamics, Aerospace Structures and Materials, Flight Dynamics and Control, Propulsion, Helicopter Flight, Avionics, Navigation and Guidance, Aircraft Maintenance, Flight and Aviation Safety, Air Traffic Control, Aviation Law, Astronautics, and other related fields such as Marine Engineering.

Prerequisites: To be set by the Department.

AE 497       Undergraduate Research                                                          (3-0-3)

Selection of a research topic, development of research topic, writing a successful proposal, manage and carrying out research tasks, setting up bench scale setup or prototype for lab work or software for modeling-based research, communicating the research findings, writing effective reports.

Prerequisites: To be set by the Department


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